Tutorial - Polymer Clay Water Cane

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This tutorial gives detailed instructions on how to make a Water cane. The techniques involve some skill in cane making and cane reduction. The steps involved are basic, so if you're a quick study it might be a pleasant challenge. The tutorial is broken down into 16 basic steps, but there are lots of sub-steps in each basic step. The whole process is illustrated with 22 photos.


Polymer Clay – turquoise (3 blocks), white (2-3 blocks), black (1 block) If you want a greener water cane, you could mix green into the turquoise

Pasta Machine
Straight Blade
Large & Small Wavy Clay Blades (I used the blades from the Sculpey Super Slicer Set)
Acrylic roller or brayer
ruler or graduated work surface (such as a self-healing quilter's mat)

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If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please convo me. I will refund or exchange errors I make. I will exchange any item once I've received it back in salable condition as long as you contact me within a week of receipt. Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.

Since all situations are unique give me a convo and we'll work it out!

Additional policies

► Do you have additional beads?

I often do have more beads than what is listed. If you'd like me to edit your order to include a few more of the beads please let me know! Or, for many of what I sell, you can buy the beads as Made-to-Order.

► How does Made-to-Order work?

Many of my beads are a similar design on several bead shapes. Since I make my own canes, I can often recreate designs as needed. For Made-to-Order beads:

• You scoop up the sets you want or see them in my Sold Items and let me know
• I convo you with my projected finish & ship date, usually 1-2 weeks or less
• I send the beads out, you have new lovelies!

A note about Made-to-Order: The beads are made with the latest batch of canes (the designs) I have for that theme. There may be slight variations from the 'stock' photo.

► Are clay beads durable?

Yes, they are. Like any other art bead, they need to be treated well - cleaning should be done with a soft rag and warm water. Hair sprays or perfumes should be applied ahead of jewelry using these beads as the chemicals in those products can strip the finishes over time.

While the beads are waterproof I always suggest removing jewelry (any jewelry) before washing dishes, swimming or bathing.

► Do you do custom orders?

Custom orders are cheerfully attempted. Convo me and we can see if I can help you!

► Do you offer wholesale or volume discounts?

I do! Volume discounts are often built into the prices of my bead sets. For example, I regularly sell six beads for the price of 5. If you are interested in much larger quantities, we can work out discounts based on that, as well.

If you need to discuss volume or wholesale options, please convo me and we can arrange the details including order lead time.